October 2nd, 2016


Halloween Countdown Day 2: The Call by Peadar Ó Guilín

"Um, why am I here, Miss? Uh... the Sídhe want to kill me?"

"Oh, they mean to do more than kill you, child. They want to twist you. To crumple you up like an old sheet of paper. I'm here trying to save you, and you don't listen to a word I say!"

The principal doesn't normally teach class herself, but Chapman is having one of her "days" and won't recover until her stash of alcohol has been exhausted. Ms. Breen already has the paperwork ready to fire her. And several other teachers are on the list too.

But Ms. Breen is made of sterner stuff.

She herself is of the lucky generation that passed through adolescence just before teenagers started turning up with terrifying, impossible mutilations. She remembers airplanes leaving Irish airspace, only to fall empty from the skies. She recalls reading about the last ferry to leave Dublin, about how it ran aground on the Wicklow coast with no life on board apart from rats and lonely pets. And she had a younger sister, Antoinette's age, whose body she was never allowed to see after the Sídhe Called her.

- from The Call by Peadar Ó Guilín (2016)


I have a special treat for you today.

One of the new books I was most anticipating this fall exceeded my very high expectations, and it's now my #1 recommendation for your Halloween reading this year. Read my review of Peadar Ó Guilín's The Call and see why I gave its chilling blend of horror, fantasy, mythology, and science fiction a rating of 5 out of 5 stars.

To whet your appetite:
- Go here to read the first ten pages of The Call for free.
- Go here to listen to a free excerpt of the audiobook of The Call.

I first met Irish author Peadar Ó Guilín in Montreal during the 2009 Worldcon there, where I had the pleasure of hearing him read from his work. At that point I was already a great fan of his novel The Inferior (2007). (I heartily recommend it and the other two novels in his Bone World Trilogy.) In 2014, he was kind enough to invite me to be a part of the terrific Young Adult Track of programming he directed for the Worldcon held in London. At this year's Worldcon in August, I had the good fortune to visit with him, share a panel with him, and hear him read from The Call, which debuted last month. He's one of my favorite writers, and I'm so happy that he's agreed to do a little Q & A for my Halloween countdown.

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To learn more about Peadar Ó Guilín, visit his website and follow him on Twitter.
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